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1995%E2%80%9396 WHL Season
The 1995-96 WHL season was the 30th season for the Western Hockey League (WHL). Seventeen teams completed a 72-game season. The Brandon Wheat Kings won the President's Cup.
- The Calgary Hitmen joined the WHL as its 17th franchise, playing in the Central division.
- The Tacoma Rockets relocated to Kelowna, British Columbia to become the Kelowna Rockets.
- The WHL divided into three divisions: The East and Central divisions formed the Eastern Conference, and consisted of five teams per division. The West division was made up of the seven B.C. and U.S.-based teams.
- The playoff format was changed so that the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference and the top six in the West division qualified. The 14 playoff qualifiers all played best-of-seven series in the first round. The East semifinals were best-of-seven affairs, while the highest remaining seed in the West earned a bye. The remaining two West teams played a best of five series. Conference and League final series were best of seven.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes
1996 WHL Playoffs
On January 23, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 10-7 at Prince George, British Columbia before a crowd of 5,992.
|Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Kamloops Blazers
|Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Bryce Salvador, Lethbridge Hurricanes
|Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Mark Deyell, Saskatoon Blades
|Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Hnat Domenichelli, Kamloops Blazers
|Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Nolan Baumgartner, Kamloops Blazers
|Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Chris Phillips, Prince Albert Raiders
|Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: David Lemamowicz, Spokane Chiefs
|Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Bob Lowes, Brandon Wheat Kings
|Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Tim Speltz, Spokane Chiefs
|Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Brandon Wheat Kings
|Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy: Lonnie Cameron
|Marketing/Public Relations Award - St. Clair Group Trophy: Dave Pier, Spokane Chiefs
|Humanitarian of the Year - Darryl Laplante, Moose Jaw Warriors
|WHL Plus-Minus Award: Hugh Hamilton, Spokane Chiefs
|Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Bobby Brown, Brandon Wheat Kings